The Engineering Department of Ibri College of Technology participated in the Fifth International Conference on Technology, Language and Literature: Intersections and Convergences at Buraimi University College, on 4 and 5 December 2019. Thirty teams from different universities across the globe including California State University, Northridge, USA; British University in Dubai, University of Sharjah, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia; University of Bamenda- Cameroon; Anhui Xinhua University, China; University of Hawaii in Hilo, Hawaii, USA; Sultan Qaboos University etc. presented their research work in the international forum. A paper titled, “A Smart Integrated Control and Safety System for Automobiles” from the Engineering Department staff of Ibri College of Technology was accepted for presentation in the BUC Conference. The paper was based on a project funded by Ibri College of Technology under the Research Funding Programme, which dealt with design and development of an automated system for automobiles, which can detect the use of mobile phones while driving and automatically disconnect mobile data and other multimedia applications remotely, so that the driver is forced to concentrate only on driving. The project team members were Mr Abid Siddique, Dr Rehna Veerankutty Jameela, Mr Sreenivas Naik, Mr Abdul Hafiz Sajid (from the Engineering Department, IbriCT) and Mr Someshuar Vashisht (Lecturer, IT Department, Ibri College of Technology). The paper presentation was scheduled on 5 December at 9.30 am in Session 4, Auditorium 1. Mr Abid Siddique, Dr Rehna V. J and Mr Sreenivas Naik presented the paper at the conference. The project was much appreciated by the conference chairs, management of BUC; keynote speakers from California State University, Northridge; and the international audience.
On 13 November 2019, 19 Bachelor’s students with lecturer Mr Antony Judice Alexcius of the Electronics and Communication Engineering Section, Ibri College of Technology, visited Muscat Air Traffic Control Centre (ACC), governed by the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA). Mr Nasser Salim Al Mazroi, acting director of the Air Navigation Department, PACA, welcomed us and gave the introductory presentation regarding air navigation systems of Muscat International Airport and other five airports of Oman. He explained the functions of air traffic control centre, metrology department and ATM (Air Traffic Management) systems.
As per Mr Nasser’s presentation, there are three different control systems to enable navigational aids. They are Direct control, Approach control and Area control. Muscat international Airport is equipped with an advanced 3D Tower simulator, ATC Towers and Control systems. Muscat ACC handles nearly 1600 flights per day, which was just 700 flights three years before. Oman’s airspace is one of the busiest airspaces in the Middle East.
In order to manage the heavy traffic in Oman’s airspace, it has been divided into seven sectors. Each sector is enabled with two controllers to ensure safety. There are two surface movement radars installed at Muscat Airport. The PACA Training department staff gave us the brief introduction regarding navigation system like VHF omnidirectional range, distance measuring equipment, instrument landing system, localiser, glide slope, marker beacons, etc. The prime difference between primary radar and secondary radar was explained.
The secondary radar sites were also explained by the trainer. Finally, they brought us to see the ACC. The functions and the various responsibilities of Air Traffic Control officers were explained in real time by the trainer. Some of the functions of the ACC are instructing the movement of aircraft, ensuring the minimum distance to be maintained between aeroplanes and to handle unexpected events an emergency etc.
Benefits of the ACC Muscat visit
1) Students got a chance to interact with air traffic controller officers (ATCO) and understand how to become an air traffic controller officer in the future.
2) Students could understand and the concepts of air traffic management and navigation systems.
3) The ACC visit enhanced the students’ insight towards Telecommunications Engineering and aviation careers.
4) Identified the job and training opportunities that are being provided by the Public Authority for Civil Aviation.
5) Students recognised the working nature and functions of the aviation industry.
6) Realised the importance of using different types of radar systems for air traffic management.
Questions were raised by the students and these were clarified by the PACA trainers. Certainly, all the students benefited from this visit.
The Staff development Committee of the Engineering Department organised a programme on Mathematical Modelling of Power Converters and Motors Using MATLAB on 10 October 2019 from 1.30 to 2.30 pm in B007 Electrical Principles Lab.
Dr Muruganandam, lecturer, Electrical Section, Engineering Department, delivered a presentation on how to develop the model for power electronic converters and DC motors using MATLAB simulation. He started his presentation with an overall introduction about power electronic converters and modelling of power electronics converters. His presentation mainly focused on development of mathematical model using the modelled equations for converters and motors. He also explained the basics of MATLAB simulation and how to use the math operation tools for modelling the converters and motors.
He demonstrated the working of modelled power electronic converter and DC motors using MATLAB Simulink software. The hands-on training was given to all participants. The participants developed the modelling for power converters and DC motors and tested the performance of converters and motors.
This programme was well-received by the staff and highly beneficial to the participants.
Ibri College of Technology, under the patronage of Director General Said Suliman Humaid Al Qari (Directorate General for Social Development in Al Dhahira Governate) and Dr Khalaf Salim Abdullah Al Ishaqi (Wali of Ibri), celebrated the 49th National Day of Oman on 25 November 2019.
The Engineering Department, through the Engineering Society and the Engineering Student Club (ESC), organised a Classic/Vintage Car Show, with the support and permission of the Head of the Engineering Department, Mr Nasser Al Shammakhi, and the college administration, to join in the celebration as a way of honouring His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos.
Mrs Lizette Ivy C. Pascual of the Engineering Society and ESC Incumbent President, Mr Omair Abdullah Khalifa Al Riyami, organised the participation of eight vintage cars that were paraded and shown to everyone in front of the Engineering Department Building during the ceremony. The car models and years, and the names of the car owners are as follows:
In addition to the Classic Car Show, some refreshments were prepared by ESC female members, namely Amira Atiyaq Khalfan Al Wahshi, Jawaher Khamis Al Alawi, Asma Ali Abdullah Al Sudiri, and Rima Humaid Al Shuhoumi, in the Engineering Lobby.
A one-day workshop on Lap and Wave Winding Practice was organised by the Engineering Society and the Electrical and Electronics Section of the Engineering Department for Electrical Engineering students, offered to all levels, to enhance their skills in this field. The Workshop was held on 8 October 2019, 12 to 2 pm, in the Electrical Machines Lab (B009), Engineering Department Building.
Dr Kumaravel Govindharasu, Electrical Power Engineering lecturer, delivered the lecture and conducted the training to nine Electrical Engineering students who registered. He was assisted by Electrical Section Technician, Mr Shankar Balasubramani.
The workshop speaker specifically addressed some of the practical difficulties and issues associated with these windings when being installed in machines. In addition, he presented the maintenance and repair procedures of machines that have problems associated with the windings. A winding practice setup was personally designed by Dr Kumaravel, which he demonstrated to the students for them to replicate.
At the end of the workshop session, the students gained ideas and earned some useful information regarding Lap and Wave Winding Practices as well as learning some technical terms such as full pitch, short pitch, commutation, etc.
All students who attended and took part in the workshop received a certificate of participation.
The Industrial Link Committee of the Engineering Department organised an industrial visit for students to the Saud Bahwan Toyota Service Centre.
On 20 November 2019, students, a lecturer from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering section along with Zaid Al Badi from the O.J.T department visited the site.
Mr Venkat, the service manager, welcomed the staff and students, introduced the car-servicing plant, and gave a brief introduction about service activities.
Mr Mohammed Al Marshoudi, the service supervisor, briefed the attendees on basic service activities such as oil and filter replacement, rebuilding of auto components such as suspension systems, brake components, etc. He then gave practical advice on car servicing equipment, including the engine analyser, how to find faults and how to troubleshoot those faults.
During the session, the students interacted with the engineers very effectively. All the students expressed their thanks to the officials for the opportunity given. This visit was highly useful for the students.
Ibri College of Technology regularly organises blood donation camps in association with the regional hospital, Ministry of Health, Ibri. Blood donation camps were held on 24 September 2019 and 15 October 2019 and different groups of blood are required during emergency conditions for transfusion. Hospitals are keeping stock of blood in their blood banks to meet their emergency needs. As a part of our community support, students and staff donated 60 units of blood during the above-mentioned camps.
Benefits of blood donation:
- Reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes by reducing the viscosity of the blood.
- Risk of cancer is minimised by the reduction of excess iron in the blood.
- Fitness is ensured by burning excess calories.
“Donate blood to save lives”
The Sultanate of Oman celebrated the National Day on 18 November 2019 in honour of our beloved majesty, Sultan Qaboos, and the people of Oman. The Engineering Department, with the initiative of the Engineering Society and Engineering Student Club (ESC), held a simple celebration at the Engineering lobby / Engineering Department reception area.
The Engineering Society and the ESC did not want the auspicious occasion to simply pass by like any other day and planned on preparing something to make the day special.
Staff members and students shared coffee, halwa, and sweets that ESC female members prepared. The ESC male members, on the other hand, are preparing a Showcase of Classic Cars which will held on 25 November 2019 when our college is scheduled to celebrate the National Day, in front of the Engineering Department Building.
The Quality Assurance Committee of the Engineering Department conducted a workshop on “Development of an Operational Plan” on 7 November 2019. Mr Sreenivas Naik (QAC, Engineering Department) conducted the workshop with the objective of creating an awareness among the faculty members about the operational plan for the Engineering Department. The faculty members engaged with different objectives by forming nine groups. All team members were provided with initial guidelines to prepare an operational plan, by Mr Naik at the beginning of the workshop. The faculty members were effectively involved in the planning process. They prepared the OP incorporating implementation steps for all the objectives with key performance indicators and designated responsibilities for implementing actions.
The operation plan of higher education institutions is derived from the strategic plan of the institution. An effective operational plan should be prepared and implemented in order to achieve strategic objectives and improve quality of HEI. The speaker organised an interactive session, with lively discussion among the team members in writing implementation steps for objectives, actions and key performance indicators. All teams completed their tasks and submitted the complete operational plan to the speaker. At the end of session, participants were provided with the information about implementation and review of the operational plan in order to ensure alignment with the Strategic Plan and achievement of operational targets.
The Risk Management Committee of Engineering Department organised an awareness programme on Risk Identification Techniques for diploma level students on 12 November 2019 from 2 to 3pm. Mr Maswoodhur Rahman, coordinator of the Risk Management Committee for the Engineering Department, conducted the workshop.
The presentation started with an explanation of different categories of risks that can happen in institutions. A detailed discussion was presented on classifying the identified risks as strategic type, operational type, financial type, compliance type and reputational type.
At the end of the session, different methods of risk identification techniques were presented. A clear explanation was given on how to rank the identified risks to give priority or to manage it. The members in the risk committee were introduced to the students. Practice was given to write risks in the risk register. All the participants actively participated in the awareness programme.